Ashford University Reviews

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Avg. time to find work: Employed prior to enrollment
% career related to degree: 78%
Average reviewer salary: $50,000

Ashford University's Top-Rated Degree Programs

Program Average Rating Percent Employed Average Time to Hire Average Salary % Degree Helped Career
Organizational Leadership Average Rating
Percent Employed 90% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $73,333 % Degree Helped Career 60%
Business Average Rating
Percent Employed 100% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $75,000 % Degree Helped Career 56%
Management Average Rating
Percent Employed 100% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary --- % Degree Helped Career 86%

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Student Reviews

Review By Health Education Student
Degree: Health and Wellness, General
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My career goal is Naturopathic physician. The admissions counselor was excellent recommending the Health and Wellness program. The name of the program changes after the first class. What prompted me to research the curriculum was the number of writing classes assigned back to back. I found that only 5 courses were transferrable into the medical field. The complaints that have been previously written about financial aid, instructor, counselor, staff, rudeness, incompetence, misinformation, untimely response, etc., are all true. Perhaps some students have not had issues, however check out the graduation and retention rate of the online school. I contacted Maryland University today and found that the courses run simultaneously with brick and mortar students, an average of 8-10 weeks. Some of Ashford's degree programs are not accepted throughout the entire United States. Just as an example of what I experienced; the financial aid counselor that was assigned to me at the time, Ms. Nicole Johnson made comment that if I had filed my taxes on time that I would not be having an issue with financial aid. I stated that my husband passed away and I apologized that taxes were not a priority during that time but that they had been filed. She stated that she didn't see how one thing had anything to do with the other. I filed a report against her. I also had grade discrepancies with a teacher assistant, and the more I questioned her the lower my grade got. I went from 4.0 to 3.23. big drop. I have the discipline it takes to be a successful online student and the 4.0 before the teacher assistant issue was proof. Now it's lower due to issues with yet another instructor. While attempting to rebuild my life, I decided that the stress from financial aid, the issues with instructors and teacher assistants was not worth additional stress so, I am enrolling in University if Maryland University College imediately. Every curriculum is nationally accredited and the program will afford the opportunity to continue studies at the nation's top school Bastyr at Georgetown University. I do not recommend that anyone attend this school. Please check accreditation carefully and be prepared for an instructor who may choose to usurp authority because you have questions or need clarification.

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Degree: Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
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When I first started I spoke to a wonderful lady who was my Advisor. However, before the end of my first class she was no longer with Ashford and I was given a new Advisor. Everyone I spoke too afterwards was unhelpful and rude. I have taken four classes and only one instructor was good. The woman instructor at Ashford in my experience are horrible they never got back to me in time and when I complained about the first one she started grading me way below what I was originally getting. I complained about her and they found no problem with her lacking communication and not returning work on time. My last class in my fourth assignment I was told I plagiarized but everything that was highlighted was cited. In addition some of the highlighted things included the cite itself inside the parentheses. I told my professor to personally review my paper and review. Of course their program is not accurate because it marked things incorrectly. This situation showed me that the papers are not being viewed by the instructor, they are being reviewed by a program. I am very dissatisfied. It does not matter that I have earned a 3.5 till today but I do not think I will continue at Ashford.

Review By Maggie Colleary
Degree: Behavioral Sciences
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THIS IS VERY LONG BUT A MUST-READ IF YOU'RE ACTUALLY CONSIDERING PAYING THESE PEOPLE TO TREAT YOU LIKE A NUMBER IN THE NAME OF "EDUCATION." GOING BACK TO SCHOOL IS HARD ENOUGH. DON'T PAY ASHFORD TO MAKE IT HARDER! I had big dreams when I enrolled in Ashford in February 2013. My admissions advisor, Jn, felt like an old friend; she was encouraging and helpful and supportive. Once I was officially enrolled, she called me incessantly for one week and then I never heard from her again. I went about my classes and did very well; my GPA was a 3.4 when my trouble started. I was notified that my financial aid couldn't be processed due to a 2012 tax return issue. I had to take two official leaves of absence from classes to wait for my IRS info to be available to upload to my FAFSA. On the last day of my second break, even though my hands were now completely tied in terms of what I could do and the school was aware of my situation, I was officially withdrawn from Ashford. About a week later I got a cold email from my financial "advisor" DU. It explained that they'd love to have me back in school, but that they need my missing docs. I fell for it. He said they needed two documents; one of which was still out of my control and the other was reliant on the first. Finally the IRS processed my forms and I could get back into class! I sent DU the second form that they needed and I waited for action from him. I heard nothing for weeks until wouldn't you know, I got ANOTHER cold email from him saying that they'd love to have me back in class, but that they need my missing docs. I emailed DU immediately (I never called him. He'd never answer and when he called me back he was nervous and not at all helpful, answering questions I didn't ask as if he wasn't listening), and I told him that I'd sent the documents to him weeks prior. In his email back, instead of professionally taking responsibility for the massive oversight that unnecessarily delayed my education, DU wrote back to ask if I had "maybe sent it to someone else?" Just yesterday I received a cold email from yet another "manager" of something that sounds important, TA, hoping that I'm "doing so well today!" She went on to ramble (for two paragraphs!) about how important students are to her, that she works for me, essentially that I will forever be in the Ashford family whether I like it or not. She goes on to say "Now it looks like you are no longer in attendance with us and I am not sure on the reasons to why that may be.." I laughed out loud because a) she has atrocious grammar for an academic professional and b) as you know from reading my post, there are many well-documented reasons as to why I am no longer enrolled in Ashford. Good thing TA didn't do any research or cross-referencing prior to contacting me, otherwise she could have been accused of doing her job properly. PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS: THIS WILL HAPPEN TO YOU BECAUSE YOU'RE JUST A DOLLAR AMOUNT. Do your research and find a decent school. There are plenty. Just type "reputable online colleges" into Google. Guess who you won't see. YOUR EDUCATION SHOULD START WITH AN EDUCATED DECISION. YOU DESERVE BETTER THAN ASHFORD.

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Degree: Organizational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2013
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My experience at Ashford University was excellent. If you are looking to complete your education in a nontraditional setting, Ashford University's online programs are an excellent choice. The coursework is challenging, flexible, and rewarding. There is a significant amount of support and guidance by the university's professors. Also, the online library is phenomenal and is a great resource to conduct all your research for your coursework. If you are serious about completing your education, Ashford University can help you realize that endeavor. Overall, it was an excellent experience for me.

All study no party
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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
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I am still in school but I am very pleased with the experience. I have attended both traditional and online college throughout adulthood while juggling a job and a family. In this time I have to say without a doubt going to an online university is, in my opinion, more challenging. In my traditional classes the professors taught me what I needed to know to pass the course. As long as I could retain the information I scored well. In online schooling the most difficult part is the not knowing whats on the test. You have to study everything and read everything on your own with little hand holding. I have to say though that the experience in an online program is dull compared to the party rich environment that a traditional college brings. I do think I would enjoy my self there as a full time student but I am also in school to learn.

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Degree: Real Estate Management
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Ok I am a disabled new student and up until now everything has gone well. I have taken a total of three classes. The third class Instructor Jan Willeks when I asked for help I was told that I was fine even after I explained to her my concerns about me getting lower than a C. I asked her twice and twice I got the same response. Well come grade day and Jan gives me a D+ and the financial aid that I have been waiting for to pay bills from my edu expenses got pushed back. Now if you are a student you know how important it is to get5 you loan moneys well I bet Ashford Will get there moneys. This sucks my first online experience and no one cares. I will take my money else ware. thank you

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Degree: Management
Graduation Year: 2009
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I enrolled in Ashford University online because I was a single parent who had to work full time but desired an education in order to find a job to help ends meet. I was mislead by advisors, had a financial representative who changed my fafsa information that caused me to lose my grant and constantly double charged me among other terrible issues. I worked hard for my grades and degrees only to find out that my Master's degree would get me nowhere. In fact, I was led by advisors to take this master's degree program because it would allow me to teach college (I did not have an educational degree). Now, the degree says you must have a teaching degree to be in the program. After finding out (by applying for a job at many colleges) that my degree was bogus I automatically notified the college advisor ect. The college Reps. have ignored and not gotten back to me except for an email that said I signed up for the degree even though I was not a teacher or qualified and that makes me liable. Since when does a college allow you into a program that you are not qualified for? They don't! Which says that I was mislead and fooled. I owe alot of money for a degree that did not get me anywhere. BEWARE! BTW, they never took off the extra charges either (over 10,000). The only positive aspect of the school is that all of the instructors were excellent (except one which was unprofessional).

Would you get the same degree if you could start over?

The Master's degree will not ever allow me to college (My sought out pursuit when entering Ashford University)

What advice can you offer other students?

Not to attend Ashford University.

Review By TJ Claus
Degree: Organizational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2013
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Tell us about your college experience.

Enrolled at Ashford in 2010 for a BA in Organizational Management, graduated in Dec 2011 and started my MA in the same field in Feb 2012, finished June 2013. I found the online courses interesting, and enjoyed the discussions. Access to the online library makes research and preparing papers easy if you apply yourself. The majority of the instructors were very good and remained engaged with the class.

Would you get the same degree if you could start over?

The only change I might make, not guaranteed, is to switch my MA concentration from Organizational Leadership to Project Management. Plenty of options available, just a matter of selecting what seems to be the best fit going forward.

What advice can you offer other students?

Do your research first and find a school that will fit your needs. Once that is accomplished, do whatever it takes to get the most out of your education.

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Degree: Management
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I have wanted to complete my college degree for years but always had excuses as to why I couldn't. I enrolled and attended two other colleges before Ashford. Both of those colleges were brick and mortar schools and I always ended up quitting because I just did not want to spend hours sitting in a classroom and the classes always seemed to be at inconvenient times. When I started considering school again, I was immediately drawn to the online experience and it has worked very well for me.

What advice can you offer other students?

Online classes are not for everyone. It might seem like this would be an easy way to get a degree but believe me, it is not. The instructors expect participation and critical thinking in every aspect of the classroom and the five week courses can at times be overwhelming because there is so much to do in such a short time. Several of my friends are pursuing their degree at the local college in my area and when I tell them the amount of classwork, quizzes, and papers I am required to write, they are surprised. I think this is because this is the only way the instructor can really judge whether the student is understanding the material. Each person has to decide for themselves if this will work or not, but for me it has been the only way to finally accomplish my goal of getting a degree. For anyone who is considering Ashford University's online program, keep in mind that the instructors are not there to GIVE you a degree, you have to earn it. This means there will be times when they will expect a lot of you and you will have to make sacrifices of your time to be sure to give your assignments your all. I am sure, like with any school, there are instructors who are tougher than others but I have found that while some instructors have been very demanding, they are all fair. Everyone's situation is different so if you are having problems, email the instructor one on one, and get clarification, extra attention, or whatever is needed. Finally, be proud of your accomplishments. Do not let others try to make you feel like getting an online degree is "less" than getting one from a brick and mortar classroom. As many of my friends have told me, they would not have been able to do the amount of work I have done to get my degree. I am looking to graduate soon and am very proud to be finally reaching my goal.

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Degree: Management
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I have wanted to complete my college degree for years but always had excuses as to why I couldn't. I enrolled and attended two other colleges before Ashford. Both of those colleges were brick and mortar schools and I always ended up quitting because I just did not want to spend hours sitting in a classroom and the classes always seemed to be at inconvenient times. When I started considering school again, I was immediately drawn to the online experience and it has worked very well for me.

What advice can you offer other students?

Online classes are not for everyone. It might seem like this would be an easy way to get a degree but believe me, it is not. The instructors expect participation and critical thinking in every aspect of the classroom and the five week courses can at times be overwhelming because there is so much to do in such a short time. Several of my friends are pursuing their degree at the local college in my area and when I tell them the amount of classwork, quizzes, and papers I am required to write, they are surprised. I think this is because this is the only way the instructor can really judge whether the student is understanding the material. Each person has to decide for themselves if this will work or not, but for me it has been the only way to finally accomplish my goal of getting a degree.

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